The importance of Networking
Posted by Haris Gulzar on March 2, 2010
This Sunday we had Mr. Faisal Qureshi invited to one of our events about Entrepreneurship. He was asked to speak on the topic of “Importance of networking in Entrepreneurship”. It was an interactive session where students asked questions and Mr. Faisal answered them. To one of the questions he answered, he gave an excellent example to relate his answer with. He told us that he was in Islamabad a few days back at one of his speaker sessions when a young girl came and sat right next to him. It was only during their conversation that he found out the girl was totally blind. After the session ended, the girl asked for his card which he gave her.
Mr. Qureshi received a call one day from a young lady who claimed to be the person who sat next to him in that speaker session. She told him she was sending him an email and that she wanted him to help her raise some funds. Mr. Qureshi has written a blog about that girl, and has also included her email in the blog. The blog can be found here. Though quiet lengthy, but the email really moved me. Mr. Faisal mentioned that the girl managed to raise approximately $15,000, where as she only asked for raising $1,200.
This email reminded me of one of my juniors at Lahore. This girl was totally blind and still had the courage and will to continue her studies and to become an Engineer Masha-Allah. One of the members of the Alumni Association of my University, when came to know about this, was willing to get all the brailed textbooks imported from the United States and donate them to her so that she could continue studying. The University administration also provided her with e-books and with software that could speak out text. She is now in her 3rd year of Engineering Masha-Allah.
Networking helps doesn’t it?